Shippin' Out Aug. 16-22: Wolfenstein, Shadow Complex

Raven's supernatural shooter sequel spooks PC, PS3, X360; Epic's sci-fi shooter scrolls onto XBL; Raven Squad on PC, X360; Spectrobes: Origins for Wii.

With the official end of summer nearly a month away, game releases will begin to heat up. Until they do, gamers can look forward to a number of shooting titles this week, including Raven Squad, Shadow Complex, and--most notably--Wolfenstein.

A whole new meaning to stormtrooper and blitzkrieg.

Developed by Raven Software under the supervision of id Software, Wolfenstein is a sequel to the 2001 shooter Return to Castle Wolfenstein. The new game drops players into the army boots of B.J. Blazkowicz, who is once again sent behind enemy lines to thwart Hitler's occult ambitions. For this go-around, players will harness the power of a sought-after artifact to combat Hitler's own freakish army of evil. Wolfenstein features robust online gameplay that includes three modes: Team Deathmatch, Objective, and Stopwatch.

At the tail end of Microsoft's Summer of Arcade promotion is Epic Games' sci-fi shooter Shadow Complex. Although the game is a 2D side-scroller, players can shoot enemies along a 3D plane as the protagonist rescues a woman from the clutches of a rogue paramilitary group. Shadow Complex costs 1,200 Microsoft points ($15). However, for those who buy all five Summer of Arcade titles, Microsoft will grant an MSP800 ($10) rebate.

Atomic Motion's Raven Squad, another gun game, is a mix of real-time strategy and first-person shooting. The jungle-themed title features two mercenary squads who parachute into the Amazon to save a kidnapped VIP from rebel forces. The game sports an online co-op mode, four-wheel vehicles, and an overhead satellite view for tactical control.

Besides the trio of shooter games, the episodic adventures of Tales of Monkey Island continue this week, with the second chapter of Telltale's adventure series sailing in for the PC. In the first episode, Launch of the Screaming Narwhal, franchise protagonist Guybrush Threepwood once again finds his wife kidnapped by the undead pirate LeChuck. Episode two picks up where the first left off, with Threepwood having just escaped Flotsam Island aboard The Screaming Narwhal and on the prowl for LeChuck. The release date for the WiiWare edition of Chapter Two has yet to be announced.

Meanwhile, Disney's Spectrobes: Origins will emerge on Tuesday. The action role-playing game allows players to excavate fossils and incubate them into the titular creatures. Once grown, the spectrobes can fight alongside the protagonist in the Wii-exclusive game.

For further details on the week's games, visit GameSpot's New Releases page. The full list of downloadable games on the PlayStation Store, Xbox Live Marketplace, and the Wii Shop Channel will be revealed later this week. Release dates are based on retailer listings and are subject to change.

AUGUST 16, 2009
No new releases scheduled

AUGUST 17, 2009
No new releases scheduled.

AUGUST 18, 2009
My Dress-Up--DS--Oxygen Interactive
My Make-Up--DS--Oxygen Interactive
Osmos--PC--Hemisphere Games
Paws & Claws Pet Vet--Wii--THQ
Raven Squad: Operation Hidden Dagger--PC, X360--Evolved Games
Spectrobes: Origins--Wii--Disney Interactive Studios
Sudoku Ball Detective--DS--Playlogic
War Leaders: Clash of Nations--PC--Dreamcatcher
Wolfenstein--PC, PS3, X360--Activision

AUGUST 19, 2009
Shadow Complex--X360--Epic Games

AUGUST 20, 2009
Tales of Monkey Island Chapter 2: The Siege of Spinner Cay--PC--Telltale Games

AUGUST 21, 2009
All Star 5-A-Side Football--DS--Oxygen Interactive

AUGUST 22, 2009
No new releases scheduled.

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Discussion

101 comments
acer_062
acer_062

Shadow complex ... awesome!!!

dukerav
dukerav

Will rent Wolfenstein, but I am definitely not bothering with getting the demo version of Shadow Complex, I am straight up buying that right away. @ CVM_123: "wow shadow complex looks horrible ! wth is that piece of ****!?!?" I suppose you are entitled to your opinion, but really? Are you serious?

DrunkenGoon
DrunkenGoon

Finally! I have been waiting for Wolfenstein for quite some time. I have also been looking forward to Shadow Complex.. I think I'll wait a little while after I get burnt out on Wolfenstein before I get Shadow Complex though.

dkpunk
dkpunk

Wow Wolfenstein, Raven Squad, Monkey Island and of course Shadow Complex. Good week for gaming.

Halcalix
Halcalix

Wolfenstein looks good. It totally redefines what my history teachers taught me:lol:

monson21502
monson21502

one more day, untill we get to play it =)

lamprey263
lamprey263

I find it weird that has it's reviews out, looks very promising as a $15 downloadable

CVM_123
CVM_123

wow shadow complex looks horrible ! wth is that piece of ****!?!?

taliff
taliff

@firesage423 yeah its a good thing the id used that design way back in the day or else someone could have accused them of ripping it off ;)

Ghoulish_Visage
Ghoulish_Visage

@ mramz88 I'm sure the nazis need no help from people to make them look bad.

firesage423
firesage423

the armor in that picture looks like the tesla armor from fallout 3...

SDMF_TrueBlue
SDMF_TrueBlue

mramz88- say it with me, "Education" On subject, definitely getting Wolfenstein release day. I've never played a game with the id logo on it and not loved it. Shadow Complex is next, but more likely after I'm finished with the SP portion of Wolfenstein.

taliff
taliff

@mramz88 ...really?

necronaux
necronaux

'Bout time we had a good Nazi/Zombie game.

kvan33
kvan33

I don't expect much from Wolfenstein and Raven Squad. Shadow Complex looks promising though.

Rottenwood
Rottenwood

I don't know anything about these two titles, but do My Make-Up and My Dress-Up REALLY need to be two seperate cartridges? They couldn't manage to pack all that intense lipstickin' action into one game?

Yuck_Too
Yuck_Too

Return to Castle Wolfenstein Multiplayer was the best...I played that for years and never one played the single player portion of the game.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

@mramz88 Riiiiiiight, the Nazi's needed us to pull out some made up occult slant on their history in order to make them look bad. Right. Because, you know, otherwise they were pretty much squeaky clean, what with all the "showers" and stuff in their death camps.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

Let the big games begin! Madden was just a oh-it's-that-time-of-year-again reminder of my boycott until football returns to the 2K series. But it is ALSO the reminder that there will be big games right behind it. Can't wait to see what id did with Wolfenstein. They have had several years to play around with this title, and if it's anything like Return to Castle Wolfenstein, I will be a happy lad.

snake289
snake289

Wolfenstein and Shadow Complex on the same week nice indeed =-D

shadowysea07
shadowysea07

not really anything i'm going to buy. i'll rent some of these maybe if i get the money. i just bought madden.

lamprey263
lamprey263

I'm not 100% sold on anything yet, but I'll be looking forward to reviews on looks interesting, as a cheaper downloadable title

TXMostWanted
TXMostWanted

@ mramz88 You should definitely check out "The Modern Mythology of Nazi Occultism" as well as "The Occult Roots of Nazism." I just did a 20 page thesis on it and I hafta say it's messed up on more levels that you could imagine. Nazis truely were fitting of the "Axis of Evil"

firehawk998
firehawk998

I will get Shadow complex along with Raven squad when the said games come out. By the way I have a question to ask to everyone here Did any review of wolfenstien came out yet? I am pretty interested how well did the game recieved among critics and gamers alike

cjasko94
cjasko94

I'll probably rent this game.. . If that. Just got Madden 10.

supernaught360
supernaught360

S P E C T R O B E S S P e c t R O b E s S P O R E Subliminal Marketing at it's finest.

xialon
xialon

I can't wait to get my hands on a copy. :D

DontEatCream
DontEatCream

Can't believe nobody said anything about My Dress-Up. Come on, guys, where's the enthusiasm?

monson21502
monson21502

Wolfenstein looks cool. will check it out soon

Hekynn
Hekynn

Nice but I'm saving my $50 for Aion online :D

mrklorox
mrklorox

Shadow Complex has all my attention. Wolfenstein seems meh. edit: Raven Squad is now on my radar... Where has all the press for this game been? RTS is the next big genre to blend with FPS after RPG.

CubiclePwnerer
CubiclePwnerer

already got my preorder down for Wolfenstein... i do really hope that Raven Squad will be good. love the jungle warfare and mix of strategy and gunplay. please be good raven squad...

shawn7324
shawn7324

I've gotta work 60 hrs this week & will push my Wolfenstein purchase back because of it.

ShootumUP26
ShootumUP26

looks good i wont buy it but ill rent it

taylormadederek
taylormadederek

I would like to get Wolfenstein for id's sake but I hate Activision too much. I will NOT support Activision at all. I'll try the demo of Shadow Complex and get Batman next week. Gameinformer said that Batman "was the Bioshock of this year".

SalarianChemist
SalarianChemist

Shadow Complex looks absoutely amazing! I love the way the developers said they created Shadow Complex with a goal of combining all of their favorite gameplay styles from the 16-bit era, while making sure it had next-gen high-definition graphics. I particularly liked the way Cliffy B said he wanted to take the cool elements of Metroid and Zelda and put them in a new graphic style with new characters and cool action. I don't mind paying $15 for a great game like Shadow Complex.

NuKkU
NuKkU

Shadow Complex looks cool :D

ZippyDSMLee
ZippyDSMLee

@BloodMist LOL No I meant core game play is COD like, so its WW2 COD with ghosts or so some 360 friends dub it....ya...I need better friends....

rockwii13
rockwii13

I've been keeping an eye on Wolfenstein. I'm going to see what people are saying about it and then split the money on a used version of it with my dad if it's good. Shadow Complex looks cool too, but we'll see about that one.

pycho22solid
pycho22solid

@mramz88 Yeah, nazis are bad because they liked occult things- never mind that OTHER stuff they did- that was'nt bad at all (Obvious 'effing sarcasm)

mramz88
mramz88

nazis never dabbled in the occult any more than any government does with secret programs. ppl just hype that up to make them look bad

RavenXavier
RavenXavier

Isn't Shadow Complex coming to PC as well?

ChicaQueenWarGa
ChicaQueenWarGa

I already have my day planned out for the Wolfenstein release. Now, I just have to wait less than 2 days. I've waited so long for this game, and it's just barely at my fingertips.

RedSoxfan67
RedSoxfan67

i cant wait for wolfenstein im not getting it on launch day but probably more further in the week, raven i please hope you didnt make a crappy game I really have high hopes for it, shadow complex looks good but i will pick up points for it another time, im really wanting wolfenstein right now

NiteX
NiteX

So Wolfenstein the grandfather of the FPS is a CoD knock off because it now has aiming down the sight? I don't get it. Wolfenstein had the WWII theme first. It also had the FPS element before anyone ever dreamed of it. So if anything isn't CoD a knock off of Wolfenstein? You know without the whole paranormal part.

BloodMist
BloodMist

Hmm, well if it's anything, a CoD knockoff it is not.Unless i missed the level that had Nazi occultism bringing evil demons to earth and such in it.